Russia’s military intervention in Ukraine also had a major impact on the sports world. In Ukraine, the league has been postponed, the match has been canceled and many athletes playing in the country have relocated across national borders. The situation in both countries at issue has also affected the world of sports at the international level.
For Ukrainian football clubs, the war is not just beginning. They have already struggled for years to be in the midst of fierce conflict. This team is none other than Shakhtar Donetsk, the most successful team of Ukrainian football in the last decade.
The clash in the Donetsk region began eight years ago. Despite the ceasefire, tensions between the separatists and the nation continued, and conflict became part of the region’s daily life.
Caught in the midst of a conflict
The country’s modern stadium, Donbus Arena, which hosted the Shakhtar Donetsk game and opened in 2009, has long witnessed armed conflict around it as rival soccer players fought on the field. I had to. The day has come when these clashes shot themselves!
In August 2014, two powerful explosions occurred at the Donbus Arena. The bombardment damaged the northwestern facade of the stadium. There were no accidental casualties to the stadium staff, but serious property damage occurred. The Donbus Arena was an international football sanctuary known around the world for hosting the EURO 2012 match two years ago, but the water flowing under the bridge in a short time devastated the place. I made him a veteran. The following year, the Shakhtar Donetsk Clubhouse was also occupied by armed groups.
At this time, Shakhtar Donetsk wanted to collect and move the combs and find peace on the other side that could not be found on the eastern side! Since it became physically impossible to use their stadium, the Orange Black team has since begun a match in the city of Lviv in the western part of the country. It is no exaggeration to say that they have stepped into a complete nomad since this day. After settling in Lviv for two years, the next destination will be the city of Kharkiv in the northeast. Shakhtar has been a regular at Metalist Stadium for many years now.
In 2020, he moved to the capital and started using the Kyiv Olympic Stadium, where Dynamo Kyiv games are held. The nomads were already in exile.
There is no place to run
The Russian attack is undoubtedly new to many Ukrainian football clubs …
Apart from the conflict zone, these teams somehow see the “long marathon” in front of them, enough to keep the normal competition schedule in the normal flow, even if not all rosy. I was able to continue. The conflict environment was nothing new to Shakhtar Donetsk.
This nightmare, which began many years ago, did not leave them because they were on the road to constantly drive them away, eventually covering all sides and leaving nowhere to go to the country. It has been changed.
Open with Beyonce and close with a bomb
The (normal) home of Shakhtar Donetsk, the Donbus Arena, is a very modern stadium … The 52,000-capacity football temple built by a Turkish company opened in 2009. .. But five years later, this time I had to close the door because of the conflict.
Attracted by its towering roof and flying saucer-like appearance, the Donbus Arena opened its doors at a spectacular ceremony where the famous American singer Beyonce performed a concert.
In addition to many of Shakhtar’s Champions League matches, several matches of the 2012 European Football Championship, co-sponsored by Poland and Ukraine, took place here.
In addition to group matches such as England-France and Ukraine-England, the Donbus Arena also hosted the Spain-France quarterfinals and the Spain-Portugal semifinals …
The football sanctuary, where many world stars are running, closed its doors in 2014 after a bombing that destroyed some of it. Meanwhile, the stadium built in Ukraine is stuck in an area where separatists have declared independence as of today.
Their coach is a bullet target
Shakhtar Donetsk also died after Russia’s military intervention. President Shakhtar Palkin has announced that a coach working in the club’s infrastructure has died as a target for bullets.
At Shakhtar Donetsk, the country’s most successful team in the Europa League, foreign players have left the country after tensions over the past few weeks.
Shakhtar Donetsk CEO said club employees, technical team names, and some athletes are in shelters in the country. We all believe that we will succeed together. Shakhtar had many bright memories. But I think so. “The biggest victory in my life is to win the Ukrainian independence struggle,” he said.
Shakhtar Donetsk is arguably the most successful team in the country after Ukraine declared independence, especially in the European Cup.
Shakhtar, who has had a similar influence on the region’s giant clubs for many years, has become a legendary team, as its name suggests, with 13 league championships, 13 Ukrainian Cup wins, and the UEFA Cup, which won Kadikoy. became. Galatasaray once scared the European team.
The team, which did not slow down after the clash between the Separatists and the states of the Donbus region, was able to continue to succeed despite having various stadiums at home and starting to play as hosts at 1000 km. rice field. To that place.
Luciscu has no peace
Mircea Lucescu, who exposed his signature to great resistance during the Donetsk People’s Congress, preferred Dynamo Kyiv when he returned from Turkey. However, the regional conflict during his reign in Shakhtar has now turned into a war.
Like Shakhtar Donetsk, their former coach Mircea Lucescu shared a similar drama, and his departure from Shakhtar did not exclude him from the event.
Romanian coaches won eight league championships and the Orange Black UEFA Cup during their coaching, but thought they would leave the team for the event, but experienced coaches always resisted and stayed with the team. Was extended.
But in the end, it will hold up to some point. After Zenit’s short adventure, Ruth, who also represented the Turkish national team, later returned to Ukraine, where he was loved and respected, this time representing Dynamo Kyiv.
The scene he met in the capital was worse than the previous one. Shakhtar was the victim of a regional conflict, but this time the tanks reached Kyiv, and the conflict spread across the surface rather than worrying in certain parts of the country. This time, Lucescu did not change the stadium where the match was played, and desperately threw himself into the Moldova border and left the country from there.
What he saw at the border, as he said, “the real drama of war” and “the terrible scene” occupied that place in his memory.
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